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I chance to look at the A-Star while giving my car for service... boot space is certainly less, agreed but rear leg room is all not that bad... and it is certianly a good VFM car, much better than the overpriced i10

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Well all saying that rear space is not that much less, but when i saw this car imust say that rear space is too much less than i10...Even all magazines agrees to that..

And even Autocar declared i10 winner in shootout between both..

So overall i10 is better and well engineered car..

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I have been riding a Astar ZXI and its been 3 weeks. Everything is OK and nothing needs serious improvement.

Basically I wanted a compact 2 seater and got the A-star with ABS and airbags.

After 3 weeks of owning this car

Pros:

- Front seat comfort is too good. I can stretch to the fullest. NO problem about Front space

- Boot space not that bad.

- 4 and 5th gear Over drive. The Car literally gives the flying feeling in Highways.

- ABS gives a sturdy feel to the car

Cons:

- Gear shifting not that good and precise

- 2nd gear doesnt pull good at low speeds. Its feels like turbo lag.

- very light and thin outer shell

Driven 800 km in the Astar ZXI (heavier)

Mileage Highway: 17.2km/litre

Mileage City: 13km/litre.

Lets hope that mileage improves after 1st service

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Well which colour you own...

And Zxi is good variant, Post some pics if you can..

 

But regarding boot seriously its too small, why am saying this because, when i bought Spark, it has smallest boot that time as it was for strictly city use and i have other big ones for boot i didnt bother regarding that but still i found it small and it was smallest that time and now Astar has even smaller boot so not for me atleast...And major problem is that it looks Big like Swift but it isnt big/spacious neither stronger(build quality), so why this much BIG BODY...This is the main reason i hate swift..

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JB congrats mate , yes do share few pictures of it,

BS yes MS has given it a large body built but within inside its not that spacious as it looks, boot yes small but is like a city driven car as JB said he wanted a compact 2 seater car with features added in Zxi is a perfect choice.

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@BS: MSIL design strategy is "big on the outside and small on the inside"; when the whole world is going the other way round. But their design is 'yummy' and is being lapped up by the 'junta' and also coz of their keen pricing strategy.

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@BS: MSIL design strategy is "big on the outside and small on the inside"; when the whole world is going the other way round. But their design is 'yummy' and is being lapped up by the 'junta' and also coz of their keen pricing strategy.

I doubt if the its small on the Inside. Its has the same size of the Alto. The Alto has restrictions to the front driver and passenger seats, so the rear passengers are assured decent space. A-star on the other hand is very flexible, the Front seaters are give the most space. You can adjust the front seats as to get more space in the rear.

Also, A-star has lower center of gravity which makes the passengers sit at a low level with their legs extended. Hence more horizontal space is needed to seat a person. 

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dear 830..i dont think that low centre of gravity has anything to do with incresing the passenger space..l.c.o.g..is better for drive , handling ,and economy ...for example ..esteem is very seating low car and santro is high seating car ...santro is much comfortable in passenger space than esteem ...its really a punishment to sit in esteem due to vrey low seating..so leg stretching has more to do with wheelbase than l.c.o.g ..and ASTAR HAS SAME WHEELBASE AS ALTO

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dear 830..i dont think that low centre of gravity has anything to do with incresing the passenger space..l.c.o.g..is better for drive ' date=' handling ,and economy .. [/quote']

Hi, you dint not understand my point. I meant that low center of gravity will make each passenger to occupy more space.

In other words. its not efficient usage of space.  When your seats are positioned low to the ground, you tend to stretch you legs more. Hence more space needed per passenger.

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A-Star does lack in rear seat space like most Maruti cars but for those who rarely carry four people it hardly matters.

@ JB : What about the driving position?, Does the high dash pose any problem while driving in the city?

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A-Star does lack in rear seat space like most Maruti cars but for those who rarely carry four people it hardly matters.

@ JB : What about the driving position?' date=' Does the high dash pose any problem while driving in the city?[/quote']

Not a problem for me. But will be a problem for short drivers.

Basically, while driving in city, keep the seats as erect as possible. In highway keep it as releaxed as possible.

For long drives, use the toes for the pedals. Dont use the front sole. I usually drive bare foot. That the best way to avoid knee and low back strain.

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Yet another A Star review by me friends:-

Drove an A Star of my friend yesterday. It has cost him Rs 4.61L on road in Maharashtra. Must say its a lovely car.Was

metallic light green in colour with ABS,PW (front and rear),central

locking and MP3/CD player.

The styling cues are quite radical and it may take time before we come to get used to it. As many of my friends have

already commented on its styling.Similarly the Honda City that came in,

in 2003 had many critics. The Xylo which I test drove very recently,

also has a lot of gap areas in the styling department.

I too agree

that the styling job of the A Star could have been better executed. The

styling these days are given a backseat I believe.

Back to the

topic, I saw the A Star bit by bit. The luggage space below the parcel

tray is too miniscule to even carry two 24 inch VIP suitcases.Thats

bad. And the hatch door opens at a height, meaning the rear bumper sits

quite high on the body panel.The luggage floor is also perched at a

height, with the stepney placed down below. So it will be natural that

the luggage (lift off the parcel tray to accomodate the height of the

suitcase) will hit the rear windscreen, crying for space in the small

area.In Maruti 800's, the bigger suitcases hitting on the interior of

the rear windscreen is common, but that is a 23 plus year old design.

The

dash is quite well laid out and needs all the praise for getting each

thing at its place.The CD/MP3 player inbuilt into the dash, with its

four speakers is of a high quality and of Nippon make, though Nippon is

nowhere mentioned on its front panel. Its a delight to listen to. The

Xylo, Swift, DZire that I drove too have the same make music systems.

The speedo console is large and accomodates warning lights and

everything else. Its the only meter fitted to the dash.And my gosh, the

dash designer must have forgotten about the tachometer, which sits up

above the dash on the top right, with its back facing the inner side of

the front windscreen.Thats a messed up job and an after-thought.

The

power windows and the central locking are quite OK, much like any other

Maruti. The interior plastics including PW control switches, leave a

lot to room for improvement. Its below the Swift plastic quality. The

inner door lining is all plasticky for the 4 doors.This is the variant

that is placed second from the top.And there is no inner fabric lining

on the doors-again a lapse on MSIL's part.The seat fabric is quite upto

the mark for its class.

The steering is a bit smaller in diameter

and the car has a double horn as OE. Thats a plus.The driver, for a

medium height person like me (5'7"), has to peep raising his head with

care from the front windscreen, to mind the traffic. The lower end of

the front windscreen is quite high, from the drivers seat and this

takes time to adjust to.From the Wagon R, Santro, Bolero , Scorpio or

the Xylo you can look at the road from the drivers seat from a

commading height. But here its a short car, we cannot expect the

same.But at least MSIL could have given us the Alto or 800 kind of a

view of the road. Thats missing.

Driving the car is a pleasure. The

power steering is much too responsive and this car can be swayed

through narrow lanes with great ease.The new 998 cc engine is a gem to

drive and is extremely responsive and peppy. Engage the overdrive (5th)

gear and is a breeze to drive with the very well executed gearbox,

engine and steering matching their frequencies.The suspension is a bit

on the tough side. It does not falter over potholes like other small

Marutis, but gives a lot of protection to inner occupants with the ride

quality.I drove the car at a maximum of 60kmph as its hardly done 95

kms on the odo, and is within its running in period. The car has an all

new, three cylinder, 998 cc engine and never could I feel that I am

driving a 3 cylinder engined car. The Japs have perfected the art of

making 3 cylinder engines now.

The ABS brakes are life saving and

again kudos to MSIL for the very well executed job on this small car

with such a great option. The car has two airbags for the front

occupants which is another great job done.

To get the feel as a

passenger, I also occupied the backseat and prefered to be driven by my

friend. The backseat can accomodate three adults, much better than many

cars in its class and is quite wide (the Swift,Getz,i20 which are

larger are excluded).I could feel that the car is a bit solid when it

takes on the rough roads. The backseat ride should be the best in its

class. We have come a long way from the Santro and Maruti 800 rear

seats, which are only a bit better than a Bajaj autorickshaw.

So my

overall impression of the car is that its a hot hatch with several

minus points. But the plus points are also too many and MSIL claims

that its USP, is its fuel consumption, with the 998 cc engine, thats at

par with the Alto which has only a 3 cylinder 798cc engine.

anjan_c20072009-02-28 14:45:58

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Wow!! good review You are always good in writting review I get engrossed in it .You have all the detailing one can hope for and thats reallys great

A whole lot of hugs to you !!.smiley31.gif

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I am back!!!

Now, I took the A-star for another 400km highway run. But this time I ket the maximum driving speed as 80kmph.

So driving below 80kmph gives a better mileage

AC on 100%, 4 passenger and a Driver

Highway mileage - 18.1 kmpl

That sounds sweet!!!

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Thanks rssh and bluesapphire

bluesapphire the fact that it seats three comfortably is apparent. For its class I feel its quite wide.And the comfortably sprung rear seats are again among the best in the class- much better than most cars in that range.

Another weak point I did not mention is that ingress and egress from the rear and even front driver's seat is a bit uncomfortable. The head hits the upper, inner door lining for even a lean 5' 7" tall man like me. The taller Santro, Wagon R and Zen Estilo are better in this department.

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The review I have penned is for the A Star ZXi with ABS and two

airbags- the top variant and not the second from top variant as stated

by me.I had a look at my friend's car's  badging and the rear defogger

today.

Unfortunately, Autocar India car Buyers guide, lists  the Zen

Estilo, as one in which ABS is optional. But none of the A Star

variants have been quoted as offering the airbag and ABS options,

notwithstanding the fact that they actually do for the top ZXi variant. I hope AC I will correct the entries.

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